Monday, October 22, 2012
Player of the week
By Matt Fortuna
A career day for Theo Riddick makes him Notre Dame's player of the week after leading his team past BYU.
The Irish improved to 7-0 largely on the back of Riddick, who rushed for a career-high 143 yards on just 15 carries. The game marked Riddick's second career 100-yard rushing performance.
The highlight came in the third quarter, with his team facing a third-and-1 and down by seven. Riddick looked to be initially stopped near the line of scrimmage, but he somehow escaped the pile and charged forward for 55 yards, breathing life into what had been a rather lethargic day for Notre Dame's offense until that point.
A field goal followed, and Riddick's 10 second-half carries for 110 yards helped lift the team out of a seven-point deficit and score 10 straight points to end the game.
Riddick's six-yard carry on a crucial third-and-5 play late in the fourth quarter all but iced the win, earning him FBS Independent offensive player of the week honors as well.
Much had been made coming into the contest about the carry distribution among Notre Dame's running backs. But on a day he actually carried the ball three times less than Cierre Wood, Riddick turned in the best performance of his four-year college career.